UK-born Charedi rabbi is dish of the day for Masterchef viewers

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 9, 2014

For Rabbi Josh Steele, aliyah had turned out to be a bit of nightmare.

He swapped north-west London suburbia for Israel to find a wife, settle down and raise a family. Five years on, still single and pushing 30, he was on the verge of giving up and heading back to Edgware.


Rabbis to investigate Halpern

By Simon Rocker, January 9, 2014

A special Beth Din set up to examine complaints against Golders Green rabbi Chaim Halpern is expected to resume its inquiries shortly.


Kinloss proposes Jeremy Lawrence as its senior minister

By Cathy Forman, January 6, 2014

Finchley Synagogue members are set to vote on the nomination of one of Australia’s most prominent ministers as their next senior rabbi.


Rabbi sued for ‘chopping off penis’

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

A rabbi from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is accused of chopping off a newborn baby’s penis during a routine circumcision in April 2013.

A civil lawsuit brought by the parents of the baby, who are only identified by their initials, alleges the rabbi acted “with a total disregard” for the child.


Leeds' first woman rabbi steps up to the pulpit

December 23, 2013

The first permanent woman rabbi for the Leeds community was celebrated with the induction of Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz at Sinai Synagogue on Sunday.


Rabbi Atlas to take on the world of Yeshurun

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Cheadle’s Yeshurun Synagogue in South Manchester has selected Birmingham’s Rabbi Chanan Atlas to be its new minister.

Two hundred members of the Modern Orthodox community voted for the new position in a special meeting on Sunday.

The rabbi and his wife Nechama, both Israeli-born and in their mid-30s, will leave Birmingham’s Central Synagogue, which they joined in 2012.


Analysis: How rabbinate lost influence over holiest site

By Nathan Jeffay, December 20, 2013

Israel’s chief rabbis have issued a declaration reminding the public of the religious ban against visiting the holiest site in Judaism, Temple Mount.

The new chief rabbis, who took office five months ago, have stated that they adhere to the traditional position, which has dominated Israeli Orthodoxy since Israel captured Temple Mount in 1967.


Rabbi trying to heal Ukraine

By Daniel Easterman, December 19, 2013

How did an American-born Chasidic rabbi end up on the team seeking to solve the political crisis in the Ukraine?

Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, who was asked to join a committee that is engaged in talks with anti-government protesters, explained that people have far more trust in their religious leaders than politicians.


‘Limmud has opened the door to cults’ say rabbis

By Simon Rocker, December 12, 2013

Leading rabbis have expressed astonishment that the leader of the London branch of the controversial Kabbalah Centre has been invited to speak at Limmud.


Revealed: the Chief Rabbi’s Limmud plan

By Simon Rocker, December 5, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will make more than a token visit to the Limmud education conference, according to a draft schedule seen by the JC.

He will present two sessions on successive days at the cross-communal event, which starts in a fortnight at Warwick University.